Shopping for teachers is a tough activity, as I’m sure you’ve been informed by those close to you. Family members and friends often find it challenging to find gift ideas that either a) aren’t already being bought by someone else, b) aren’t cliché teaching things (i.e. anything with an apple on it), or c) something that a teacher actually wants.
This process gets even more challenging when said teacher is a digital nomad and spends their time gallivanting across the planet. When experiences are valued more than ‘things’, what the hell is someone supposed to give you as a gift?
We’ve got a few ideas for the stumped gift givers in your circle, each bettering both your work and your travels for 2018.
Looking to journal your adventures? Frequent travel making it hard to keep track of appointments, meetings, and notes? Nomatic has you covered with their moleskin notebook ($15) and journal ($18). Perfect for carry-on bags, both options store a pen, mark your page, and even feature erasable marker pages for brainstorming sessions.
We all know that feeling – being stuck on a long flight and wishing we’d chosen a different outfit/pair of underwear/jacket/whatever. It’s miserable. Fortunately, ExOfficio has been there too and decided to do something about it. Their clothes are built for travel, meaning they are as flexible and durable as they are sharp. The brand is particularly noted for their underwear, but if you aren’t sure what to ask for, a gift card is the best way to keep your options open.
Teaching on the go often means charging on the fly. Outlets aren’t always the easiest thing to find, which is where Anker Powercore’s portable chargers come in handy. Charge your device up to three times without refueling the charger, and never have to worry about being stuck in a busy coffee shop with no power ever again. $17.99-$32.99
Here’s an item for the big spender on your list ($249.95). Noise canceling headphones are essential for anyone staying in hostels, flying economy, and/or working in cafes (pretty much sums up all of us, right?). Easily zone out the hustle and bustle around you and focus on what needs to get done. Need to zone out or fall asleep on the plane? Plug these babies in and get your Headspace meditation on.
Hydroflasks are built for adventurers and travelers. No matter where you’re headed, you want your coffee to stay piping hot (it will – they claim up to six hours but I’ve had coffee stay at a drinkable level of warmth for much longer), your beer cold (up to 24 hours), and your water fresh. Big city, backpacking trip, gym – you name it. There’s not a place that these mugs can’t go. The brand now offers growlers, which means exactly what you’d expect – bring them into a brewery and fill up on the go! Rejoice!
Stay warm, stay dry, stay relaxed on the road with this incredible towel from Dry Fox Co. Zippered pouches keep your stuff safe, it fits in your carry on, and is as versatile as they come.
Especially built for us digital nomads, Standard Luggage offers this perfect carry-on bag that keeps work gear, clothing, and everything else safe and secure on long-haul flights and beyond. If you’re like me, you’ve worn out a number of backpacks and bags over the years, but this one is built to last through heavy use.
That’s right. This one’s easy. REI, Amazon, hotels, airlines, anywhere travel or entrepreneur related. Digital magazine subscriptions are another great option because we can read them on our laptop/Kindle/phone on the road.